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Without exception, every creditable resource I have consulted in my quest to live in health “after cancer” has discussed the importance of maintaining a slightly alkaline body chemistry. There is a great deal of research on this subject with a tremendous amount of agreement that a body in the “healthy state” must be kept slightly alkaline.
In fact our blood absolutely must run at about 7.2 to 7.3 in pH or we die–it’s that simple [neutral is 7.0 and anything below that is acid. Every point of increase or decrease is a 10 fold change so it is significant. There is a color chart with the litmus paper to easily rate the test. Obviously, the body will make a lot of adjustments to maintain that level blood pH including pulling calcium from bone and other tissue to balance against acidic conditions that can result from diet and other toxic lifestyle factors.
I use Hydrion Litmus Paper to check either first urine of the day or saliva before eating or drinking in the morning to check pH. This can be obtained from www.microessentials.com, the manufacturer. I order mine with my Barley Power tablets from www.greensupreme.net. These tablets help tremendously in balancing the body to slightly alkaline–but they cannot replace proper diet, exercise, plenty of pure water, and a healthy soul (mind/will/emotions).
I first learned about this paper and the Barley Power from Bill Henderson’s useful book, Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle Non-Toxic Healing, which is available from www.amazon.com.
Even though I was closely involved in the orthodox medical world for decades, I had NEVER been taught the importance of acid/alkaline balance for health–until I read Henderson’s book.
My research has helped me understand that inflammation in the body which results from “insult”–either physical, emotional, or mental trauma–sets forth a series of body chemistry actions and reactions. These reactions lead to inflammation which is meant to be temporary such as at an injury site (often medically charted as “insult” site). If the trauma is even partly emotional (and what trauma is not), that part must be dealt with just as the physical injury must. The “insult” registers emotionally/mentally as “offense” which inevitably forces the decision to forgive and heal or hold bitterness and allow the inflammation to become chronic.
Chronic inflammation and acidity are within a vicious disease cycle in which toxins are not properly thrown off by the body’s “clean up” mechanisms. These toxins have to go some place and often accumulate in certain body tissues at the cellular level and, subsequently, the tissue/organ level. ALL chronic disease (not necessarily all acute disease) is rooted in chronic inflammation and cancer is in this chronic category.
It’s a mistake to treat cancer as an acute/temporary disease because it is really an extreme symptom of the body being out of balance and caught up in chronic inflammation at some site within it. The root cause MUST be dealt with to return to health.
Finally, I want to recommend a really handy book, The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, by Dr. Susan E Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr. also available at www.amazon.com. I probably have a dozen books on this subject but this one is the handiest. It is compact and portable; includes a succinct explanation of the science; and, best of all, there is a good chart rating foods per their degree of acidity or alkalinity (low, medium, high). It explains the need to balance these foods. We can’t totally choose alkaline foods…but about 80% of our diet should be alkaline.
I often get good recipes from www.hacres.org which is Hallelujah Acres. They also have great videos instructing you on gardening, juicing, and other essential skills for living in health. Bonnie Ross has a neat cookbook, The Amazing Acid Alkaline Cookbook Balancing Taste, Nutrition, and Your pH Levels. It’s also available at www.amazon.com.
If you do nothing else, get your pH in the healthy range (a few points above 7) and you will start to see healing take place. Of course, you will have to stop the acidic “input” whether it’s food, thoughts, words, emotions, drinks like sodas, etc. Certain pharmaceuticals contribute to acidity so you might check with your doctor on that. Once I got balanced, I no longer needed pharmaceuticals I’d been on for decades….I’m not saying that will happen for others……yet……..